R.E.A.D. to Me

What is R.E.A.D. to Me?

R.E.A.D. is proud to offer dynamic early literacy classes for free or at low cost through The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA), a 501(c)3 non-profit neighborhood organization, founded in 1930. Thanks to a grant from the Junior League of New Orleans, R.E.A.D. joins an extraordinary array of free programs for children and families in Broadmoor’s ‘Education Corridor.’ R.E.A.D. is thrilled to bring its proven strategy of promoting early literacy through movement, music, acting, and art to combat the effects of generational poverty, generate equity, and improve quality of life for residents of Broadmoor and beyond.

R.E.A.D. will provide 60 young children and their caretakers with weekly early literacy classes in the Broadmoor community in four 8-week sessions, beginning the fall of 2017. Last fall the B.I.A. and R.E.A.D. launched an 8-week pilot program for twelve families held at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center in Broadmoor. The majority of program participants represented single parent households, and all parents reported improvements in parenting confidence, an enhanced understanding of how to encourage learning at home and an increased interest in books and learning among their children.

High quality early childhood experiences have been proven to significantly improve outcomes throughout students’ lives (The State of Public Education In New Orleans 2015; The Cowen Institute, and Lifetime Effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40; HighScope, 2005). R.E.A.D. cares that all the young children in New Orleans, regardless of background, have access to joyful, creative early literacy experiences that create a lifetime love of learning. We are determined to be part of the solution, and you can help with a donation to The Broadmoor/ R.E.A.D. to Me partnership by contributing to their gofundme page. Your donation is tax deductible. If you are a nonprofit interested in partnering with R.E.A.D. to bring our classes to the children and families you serve, please contact us.

Check out our feature article in the Gambit.